Friday, October 26, 2012

SMU students eligible for same-day voter registration

By Regina Barbosa
News Editor

Saint Mary’s University students are eligible for same-day registration at election polls and will be provided transportation to their voting location.

Pre-registration for voting ended on Oct. 16 this year; however, Minnesota provides same-day registration at the election polls. Any U.S. citizen who is age 18 or older, has been living in Minnesota for at least 20 days prior to Election Day and can provide a current name and address to verify their residence in the precinct can register to vote, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.

According to Lynn Theurer, chairwoman of the Winona league of women voters, current residents of Saint Mary’s University can provide their student ID and social security number to register to vote at Living Light Church, Winona’s Precinct 2 voting location, located 0.2 miles southwest of campus on Highway 14.

Minnesota polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. This year, transportation will be provided between SMU and Living Light Church for voting on Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Brian Thomas, Student Senate’s vice president for public affairs.

Same-day registration positively affects voter turnout. According to the secretary of state’s office, Minnesota leads the nation in voter participation and has consistently done so since its same day registration began.

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, over 500,000 Minnesotans use same day registration in a typical presidential election year, and the Minnesotans most likely to use same day registration are between the ages of 18-38 and age 93 and older. also aims boost voter turnout and education this election season by showing which presidential candidate an individual agrees most with based on a quiz. It is not affiliated with any political party, candidate or interest group.

SMU works on new class schedule

By Julianne Bartose
Editor in Chief

Saint Mary’s University is developing a new academic schedule starting in the fall 2013 academic year, according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Aronson.

A task force with faculty members from various departments was created to account for all implications of the new class schedule on late afternoon activities, said Aronson.  The task force includes staff from Student Life and Athletics as well as the deans of schools and Student Senate President Robbie Doyle.

“The goal of the new schedule is to have a common meeting time” available, said Aronson.  She also said that it will allow all students time for lunch and the opportunity to attend daily Mass.

The main changes are a midday break in classes and a more balanced class schedule, said Aronson.  She also said that the new schedule could include later first class start times and more evening class times.

According to Aronson, the biggest change for students will be the balancing of the schedule, which spreads classes throughout the week.  This includes more classes until at least noon on Friday’s.

“We are a residential campus,” said Aronson.  “We want a schedule that allows students to be as successful as possible.”

The break included in the new schedule will allow the university to provide development activities for professors, which Aronson said is part of the university’s strategic plan.

The task force has drafted a couple of prospective schedules for discussion.  Department chairs will examine them before the task force gathers student input through “listening sessions,” according to Aronson.

Aronson will finalize the new schedule by the end of the current semester.  She said she will determine the final schedule as “an administrative decision based on feedback from various groups.”

Student Senate was informed of some details of the new schedule.  Doyle refrained from commenting on the new class schedule aside from saying that it is “confidential administrative information.”

SMU continues to shower Bushlack with support

By Julianne Bartose
Editor in Chief

The Saint Mary’s University community showed its continued support for Sabrina Bushlack by participating in the “Strong Is The New Beautiful” 5K.

Over 650 individuals registered for the Oct. 21 5k that offered financial support for Bushlack while recovering from a severe brain injury caused by a car accident over the summer.  Community members also showed support through donations, according to Assistant Volleyball Coach Jenna Ness who organized the 5k.

“I am so thankful for all the support,” said Bushlack.  “It was amazing to see everyone participate, even people I didn’t know!”

Bushlack said that the SMU community has been a major support network for her, especially through thoughts and prayers.

Ness said this support is what inspired the 5k.

“Quite a few coaches and students had come to the Athletic Department wanting to help,” said Ness.  “We wanted to focus all of the efforts in one place to try and raise money for Sabrina and her family through this hard time.”

As a new employee at SMU, Ness said that the meaning of family and community at SMU shined through the support offered to Bushlack.

“It was very rewarding to see the entire campus and community come together for one of their own,” said Ness.

Bushlack said she had been looking forward to being back on campus for a while.  She added that it was a lot easier than she thought it’d be and she wished she had enough time to see all the people that were there.

In addition to extending a special thanks to all faculty who helped with “Strong Is The New Beautiful,” Bushlack said that she truly appreciates everyone who came out and shared a part of their day with her as well as the thoughts and prayers of those who wanted to be there.

Archery Club hoping to allow students to shoot bows on campus

By Julianne Bartosz
Editor in chief

The Hunger Games may have sparked a nationwide interest in archery, but that is not what inspired two Saint Mary’s students to plan an archery club at SMU.

Two-time Minnesota State Champion Shooter and SMU junior Conner Ellinghuysen has teamed up with senior Peter Borash to restart SMU’s archery club from 2009.  Although the club has not been completely approved yet, Ellinghuysen said it is only a few steps away from being an official SMU club.

“It is an opportunity to shoot on campus while also helping teach others and sharing our passion,” said Ellinghuysen.

The archery club would allow students to shoot their bows on campus in a designated area in addition to teach safety to shooters and interested students, said Ellinghuysen.  He added that it would also have starter bows available for students interested in learning to shoot.

“We would love to get the club started as soon as possible,” said Borash.  “But we want to make sure that any questions that may arise can be answered and addressed beforehand.”

Ellinghuysen agreed with Borash by emphasizing that safety is their main focus.  To ensure safety is a priority, the club intends on having strict regulations for having bows on campus.

“Students in the club would be able to store their bows on campus, but only in a designated storage location that requires the bows to also be signed out,” said Ellinghuysen.

Strict regulation also includes restrictions on where club members can shoot.  Club members would only be permitted to shoot bows on the SMU range, which has not yet been determined. Ellinghuysen said that the group has considered Joe’s field, ensuring a safe environment by creating a bunker and shooting into the hill along the field.

“Eventually, we hope to be able to form a group that can enter into competition shooting at a collegiate level,” said Borash.

SMU offers Halloween fun for students

By Anna Segner
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University will offer a variety of Halloween events for students on campus, ranging from the fastpitch softball team’s “Walk of Horror” to Student Activities Committee’s (SAC) pumpkin carving contest.

On Halloween night, SAC will be presenting the popular Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus” in Salvi Lecture Hall at 9 p.m.  According to Thompson, snacks and Halloween cookies will be provided.  There is also a potential costume contest.  Students are encouraged to come in a disguise to enjoy a “spooktacular” Halloween night with friends.

SMU students can also have fun on Halloween night by participating in the softball team’s “Walk of Horror.”  This year marks the sixteenth year that the softball team is hosting the haunted forest.  Students as well as community members are invited to the “Walk of Horror” on Oct. 26-27 and 30-31 from 7-10 p.m.

Head Softball Coach Jen Miller foreshadowed the occasion, “Look forward to some chills and thrills!”

The haunted walk through the bluffs begins between the softball and baseball fields on campus.  It costs $5 for adults and $4 for children and students with their IDs.  Money raised from the “Walk of Horror” goes towards the team’s spring trip and equipment.

In addition to these events, there will also be Halloween events on campus leading up to the holiday.

On Friday, Oct. 26, SAC will be taking students over to the Scary Corn Maze near Lewiston, Minn. Approximately 50 students will be able to join in the spooky night.  Students who are interested should meet by the Information Desk at 6:30 p.m.

SAC will also host a pumpkin carving/decorating contest on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room. Students are required to sign up before the contest, according to Director of Student Activities Lance Thompson.  He also said that there will be festive prizes and snacks at the event.

The Office of Residence Life will also offer Halloween entertainment for students by hosting its annual “Halloween Fun Night” on Monday, Oct. 29.  During this event, children from the community are invited to trick-or-treat in residence halls on campus from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  SMU students are encouraged to get involved in a number of ways.  This includes distributing candy and helping with games.  Students who are interested in helping can contact their resident assistant.

Sociology Club returns to SMU

By Julianne Bartosz
Editor in chief

Saint Mary’s University students restart the Sociology Club in order to raise awareness of “the versatile school of thought” and the influence that groups have on individuals, according to Sociology Club Vice President Sarah Adams.

With social media on the rise, Sociology Club President Conner Ellinghuysen said that groups influence people more than ever, increasing the value of sociology.  He described sociology as the study of groups and how they interact and influence individuals.

The club’s main focus is to explore the Groupthink theory, according to Ellinghuysen.  He said that this theory claims that the peer pressure in group leads to faulty decision-making because of the desire to minimize conflict.

“Give it a chance because sociology is relevant to anything you want to do in today’s society,” said Ellinghuysen.  “We’re always working with groups, and it offers a way to understand how to work better in groups.”

The club has a similar structure as Psychology Club, said Ellinghuysen.  He said it will offer speakers, discussion, movies, tutoring nights and research days.  It will also include opportunities for sociology and psychology students to present their research and receive feedback.

Adams added that the group would also like to sponsor trips and host speakers that will specifically discuss the “major and numerous potential career fields” that draw from and are impacted by sociology.

Beyond being based on Psychology Club, Ellinghuysen said that he hopes to work with Psychology Club to combine aspects of both psychology and sociology.  According to Ellinghuysen, incorporating this combination into SMU’s academics could be huge.  He said that, if implemented, SMU may be one of the first universities to do it.

“I have a big vision for it,” said Ellinghuysen.  “I want to take it beyond a club and make it a way to help students in all social sciences.”

Biology Club brings beauty to campus

By Megan Hafner
Cardinal Staff

Biology Club raised $200 through plant sales to go towards bringing trees and other plant life around campus.

The club was excited to introduce the African Violet plant, which has been growing in the school’s greenhouse.  The Aloe Vera plant was the most popular plant sold.

The Biology club also held a pumpkin sale in spirit of the Halloween season.

Members also participated in “Buff the Bluff” and “Adopt a River.”  During these events, the club helped clean up the bluffs and Gilmore Creek while connecting with the outer Winona community.

The Biology Club plans on going to Whitewater State Park, the cadaver lab at Winona State University, the Science Museum, an Environmental Research Center and the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.

All students are welcome to join Biology Club.  Meetings are every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Hoffman 113.

FAC shares SMU’s rich history with alumni

By Kelsey Hulbert
Feature editor

The Future Alumni Committee (FAC) focuses on building a foundation for students and alumni to interact and share their stories that enrich the history of Saint Mary’s University.

Dennis Rivelli, SMU student from 1967 to 1970, shared his story on the committee’s website about the old “barracks” on campus, which served as the source of a great Saint Mary’s tradition.

Rivelli said his favorite tradition at SMU was the freshmen’s attempt to take over the barracks during the first snowfall.

“To my knowledge at the time, and until its final demise, no freshman class was ever able to overpower and capture the barracks from the senior residents,” he said.

Anticipating the attack every year, the seniors would diligently prepare by hoisting water hoses to the roof of the building, preparing sling shots and dropping snow laden branches on unsuspecting freshman, Rivelli said.

“I remember that night like it was yesterday. There was always something eerie about the darkness, wind and falling snow on St. Mary’s campus,” said Rivelli. “You could actually hear the snow falling and the wind blowing. Add to that the sound of a hundred or so freshmen from Benilde, Ed’s and Heffron screaming as they charged from beyond the trees in the dark of night towards us. You’d swear it was a band of wild Indians attacking the pioneer settlement.”

To anyone else, the Barracks were just two broken down old buildings that outlived their usefulness long ago, said Rivelli.  He added that, to generations at SMU, they were hallowed ground and home of the “privileged” who were fortunate enough to have lived there during their senior year.

Winona 7 Theatre renovates facilities

By Paul Schmitt
Cardinal Staff

Winona area moviegoers have been without a home lately with the closing of Winona 7 Theatre for renovations.  Expected to reopen on Oct. 26, the improved building will contain stadium seating in every theater, brand new seats, larger screens and improvements to the lobby and exterior.

The renovations come after a 15 year span during which no changes were made to the building.  Cinema Entertainment Corp., the company that owns the Winona 7 Theatre, as well as 18 others decided it was time for a facelift to keep up with today’s standards.

“It had been 15 years, when Cinema Entertainment Corp. had purchased this theater and the last time the theater was renovated,” said Theatre Manager Jason Fremstad. “That's a lot of years of theater use and a lot has changed.”

Fremstad said that he hasn’t been informed of an increase in ticket prices as of yet.  He added that moviegoers can expect to see a couple titles that were released during the theater’s hiatus including “Taken 2” and “Paranormal Activity 4.”

Art show makes good use of ‘junk’

By Midge Reller
Cardinal Staff

Chair of the Saint Mary’s University Art Department Preston Lawing currently displays his “Cabinets of Curiosities” show in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

“Cabinets of Curiosities” contains fifteen sculptural pieces as well as 15,000 individual pieces in a hoarding-themed piece included in Lawing’s show. It will be on display until Nov. 4.

“Cabinets of Curiosities” mostly centers on the theme of “using and displaying your collections,” according to Lawing. He added, “In our culture, we collect, and it’s kind of a way of validating ourselves.”

The majority of his show was inspired after recently moving his mother into a retirement home.

“As a family, we had to go through all the stuff that had lived in one place for fifty years,” Lawing said. “In seeing that, I didn’t want for my eleven-year-old daughter to have to go through my stuff.”

Of all his pieces in “Cabinets of Curiosities,” Lawing said he has a favorite: a sculpture of his daughter’s hand reaching out from locks of hair lost during her chemotherapy.

“That’s probably the one piece I would grab if everything was on fire,” said Lawing.

Lawing said his show is about raising awareness of things collected over time.

“It doesn’t mean you’re more successful or a better person or more popular just because you have more things,” Lawing said. Instead, Lawing hopes to inspire creativity by encouraging others to look for ways of re-using their old possessions.

Identified as a traditional artist, Lawing described his exhibit in the Lillian Davis Hogan gallery as very untraditional.

“It was a big departure,” he said. “It doesn’t mean I’m going in this direction, but it’s something that I was focused on and had to get out. Now that I’ve done it, I can go back to my drawings and my prints.”

Lawing, originally from Boone, N.C., obtained schooling at Appalachian State University and continued on to receive his Masters in Printmaking at the University of Florida. Lawing taught art classes at several other universities before coming to Saint Mary’s University.  At SMU, Lawing has been teaching many of the hands on art classes for the past sixteen years.

Other than including pieces in the SMU faculty show that occurs every other year, Lawing said this is his first solo show at SMU in twelve years. Although Lawing has only done two solo shows at this particular gallery, he has done around twenty solo shows in other reputable galleries and museums across the country and around the world.

“As a printmaker, I do a piece and submit it to a printmaking show, so there would be printmakers from around the world that would be showing their pieces in that exhibition. I’ve been involved in probably several hundred exhibitions.” Lawing said.

Exhibit spreads awareness about the impacts of domestic violence

By Skylar Finkelstein
Cardinal Staff

The Clothesline Exhibit promoting awareness of domestic violence left a lasting impression on viewers while it was on display in Saint Mary’s McEnery Center as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The exhibit displays shirts for women killed by domestic violence. The shirt creates a lasting memorial by stating the victim’s name, date of birth, date of death and hometown as well as a symbol of representation or interest dear to her.

Another main purpose of the Clothesline Exhibit is to support all survivors and help with the healing process.  Survivors are honored and encouraged to make a shirt herself as part of the healing process.

In addition to including information about the women on the shirts, a brief summary of each woman’s life is attached to the shirt.  It highlights each woman’s uniqueness, making the shirt come alive.

The color of the shirts displayed is especially significant. Each color has its own meaning: white represents women who have died from domestic violence; yellow or beige symbolizes women who have been assaulted or battered; red, pink or orange signifies women who have been sexually assaulted or raped; blue or green represent survivors of childhood sexual abuse or incest; and purple or lavender embodies women who have been attacked because of their sexual orientation.

This is a silent witness exhibit, meaning it is a traveling memorial honoring all women who have died because of violence.  It touches the heart because it tells true stories of domestic violence. Since 1993, this exhibit has allowed victims to share their stories with the world.

Domestic Violence Project, Incorporation, heads the Clothesline Exhibit. The four goals of the exhibit form its core values and mission: “to honor the victims who were murdered in acts of domestic violence, raise awareness of the extent of domestic violence in Stark County, help connect people with local resources for ending the violence in their lives and to encourage community and legislative action to end the violence in our society.”

If you know any woman whose life was lost to domestic violence and wish to honor her or support a survivor, please participate in the Clothesline Exhibit by creating a shirt and memory. Shirts can be mailed to the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. at post office box 9432 in Canton, Ohio, 44711.

‘Our Town’ sends audience to an older time

By Brendan J.P. Cahill
Cardinal Staff

The Theatre and Dance Department’s production of “Our Town” expected to entertain by ushering audiences through life, love and death in a small town during the early 1900s.  It will be performed in the Page Theatre from Nov. 8-11.

“Our Town” gives audiences a candid view into small town lives and every day moments of the inhabitants of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913.  Through the stressing of every day moments, the production portrays an array of moments ranging from situational comedy to more sentimental moments.

“We have a lot to look forward to, and the Theatre Department will not disappoint,” said senior Sarah Anderson.

The cast commits to the 1900s setting by wearing turn-of-the-century clothing. For example, all of the women on stage will be wearing corsets, which was typical of women in those days.  Apart from slight difficulty breathing, cast members are seeing another effect of the corsets.

“The corsets really help you improve your posture and get into character when wearing the clothes of the time,” said Anderson.  “It is easier it is to get into a character from that time period,”

A twist to usual productions, “Our Town” does not include a large number of props on stage.  Instead, the production sparks audience members’ imagination by simulating sounds. Behind the scenes, SMU students create the sounds that embody the interactions between people and items used in daily life.  This includes the sounds of a kitchen during breakfast time.

“It was my favorite part of the show,” said senior Rachel Kwiecinski after recollecting the simulated kitchen sounds like grinding coffee by swirling marbles around a metal tankard.

Movie Review: Get twisted with ‘Looper’

By Petey Brown
A&E Section Editor

Looper is a mind-bending sci-fi film that shows the audience that one can always change the future by the choices we make.

Would you be able to execute your future self?   That is the unpleasant task that Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has in the movie Looper.  Joe is a “looper” whose job is to execute men that future mobsters have a problem with.  In the future, specifically 2074, it is almost impossible to kill a person without getting away with it.

Unless you’re a mobster.  The mobsters found a way by sending their “problems” back to the past through illegal time travel. Then, the “loopers” are waiting to finish them off.

As a “looper,” Joe lives a luxury life with nice cars, house and money to do whatever he wants.  One day, his “job” is killing his future self.  Future Joe (Bruce Willis) escapes because Joe is caught by surprise.

When a “looper” fails to kill a “job,” they get killed themselves.  Joe has to find a way to catch his future self and kill him to save his present life.  

Future Joe has his own plan: to kill the “Rain Man” who killed his wife and all the former “loopers” he worked with.

Many action and twists are in this movie, but Looper also has a solid story to keep the audience entertained.  The future world that director Rian Johnson imagined is unique and captivating.  The film takes place only 32 years in the future, and Johnson did a good job at making a realistic setting for the movie.

Many critics enjoyed the movie., a website that compiles movie reviews together to make a rating for the movie, gave Looper a 93%.

Christopher Orr from The Atlantic said that Looper was “a mind-bending ride that is not afraid to slow down now and again, to explore themes of regret and redemption, solitude and sacrifice, love and loss. It's a movie worth seeing and, perhaps, going back to see again.”

Orr could not have said it better.  The movie was very deep, but easy for most to follow and enjoy.  Looper is a must see because of its great story, acting and ability to make the viewer think.  This is a fun and interesting action movie that will keep the audience guessing until the final moments of the film.

Music Review: Mumford and Son’s Babel

By Ashling Meehan
Cardinal Staff

The much-anticipated new album by Mumford and Sons titled “Babel” was finally released in September.  After three weeks, it still holds the number one spot on the Billboard 200.

This was not unexpected.  Ask any of their fans.

Mumford’s first album went four times platinum in the United Kingdom and twice in the States.  It was a heavy expectation to meet after the major success of their first album.  Also, after their “Sigh No More” tour in 2010, the four musicians parted ways for a couple weeks to write and recoup without meeting up again until the New Year in Nashville, Tenn.

Once again, Mumford and Son’s has mastered their artistic symmetry with poetic lyrics and an energetic sound that is uniquely their own. The first song on the album, “Babel,” is an explosion of energy backed with Marcus Mumford’s magical mastery of words and the talents of Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. The sound initiates a switch in the listener’s body and suddenly you find yourself tapping your foot and moving your head along with the furious, orchestrated beat.

A factor of Mumford and Sons that have so many fans dedicating their undying love to the band is that fact that they are real. The four musicians from London play their own music, write their own lyrics and use no machines to enhance to specialize their music. Everything you hear is real, pure music. Even the banjo is real.

Many are saying that Mumford’s second album is better than their first, a sign of a growing and maturing band. But evil critics have also slandered the foursome since they first released “Sigh No More.” The Chicago Tribune gave the album two stars, citing critics who claim that the band has “shallow roots and folkie pretensions.”

What’s pretentious about music that seems to speak to the very depths of your soul, you ask?

Nothing, in my opinion.

Mumford and Sons’ new album does not fail. It is practically impossible for these guys to write bad music. Ashley Fetters, a writer for The Atlantic, agrees by saying that the band is “now using their heads just as much as their hearts.”  She further argues that “Babel” is “cleaner, crisper, and more carefully constructed than their last.”

Besides a few critics, the rest of the world is saying that there is something wrong with you if you don’t like and buy this new album.

SMU softball: Working hard and having fun

By Samantha Borawski
Sports Section Editor

A successful fall season has left the Saint Mary’s University fastpitch softball team ready to work harder than ever in the offseason and excited for regular season to begin.

The softball team recently finished its fall season, which typically goes from the beginning of September through part of October.  The fall season is crucial for players because it is the only time they are allowed to work with coaches until regular season starts in February. Players are able to communicate and discover what each person needs to work on in the offseason.

“Fall ball is essential to the softball program because it is a chance for coaches to teach us how they want things done,” said senior captain Paige Carter. “We learn what SMU softball is about and we have the offseason to perfect that.”

Another reason why the fall season is so crucial is because of the bonds formed between the team. Team chemistry is important to being successful. This season there are many new faces with seven freshmen entering the program.

Freshman Mariah Harper said that the best part about the fall season was “meeting the team and making new friends.”

As part of the bonding experience, the team participated in the Challenge Ropes Course.

“We have a brave team,” said Carter. “Not everyone is comfortable with heights, but it is awesome that everyone was willing to try it and potentially face their fears for the team.”

The end of the fall season brings the next big event for SMU softball: the haunted forest.  The “Walk of Horror” will take place on SMU’s campus on Oct. 26-27 and 30-31.

“I’m looking forward to eating, sleeping and breathing softball when season starts,” said Carter.

The cardinals are excited for the regular season to begin. Until then, they look forward to the team bonding opportunities they have, like the haunted forest.

Running to the MIAC meet

By: Samantha Borawski
Sports Section Editor

Saint Mary’s University’s cross country team beat school records before heading to the MIAC Tournament on Oct. 27.

After having successful races this entire season, the cardinals continued to showcase their speed. In their most recent race, the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational in West Salem, Wis., the Cardinals set record-breaking times.

“We are focused on being competitive,” said sophomore women’s cross country member Katie Stolz. “For us it means not only improving personal times, but more importantly, beating every runner to improve our team placement.”

Sophomore Aaron Haley on the men’s cross country team broke school records. His 8k time of 26:00 broke the school record of 26:02, previously set by Rob Edwards in 1996. Haley’s efforts were followed by seniors Peter Borash (26:27) and Jake Traxler (26:39). Overall, the men’s team placed 16th.

“We have worked really hard this summer and in workouts all season long, which has transferred over to successful meets,” said Stolz. “Overall we are mentally and physically stronger than last year.”

Meanwhile, the women’s team placed 18th in the invitational. Stolz ran the fifth fastest time in program history with a 6k time of 23:52 at the invitational. Other top runners in the invitational included junior Kristin Thelen (24:40), freshman Allie Thiel (25:03) and junior Katherine Mockler (25:09).

In their previous races, the men’s cross country team placed fifth in the St. Olaf invitational and first overall in both invitationals held at Saint Mary’s. Likewise, the women have placed third in both invitationals held at SMU.

The Cardinals look to have top runners and continue to break records in both the MIAC Tournament on Oct. 27 and the NCAA Central Regionals on Nov. 10.

Cardinals wrap up improved season

By Wilson Kubwayo
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University’s men’s soccer team wraps up their regular-season play with record improvements.

The Cardinals marked their third straight win of the season against Hamline University on Oct. 18.  Freshman Joe Bosco secured the game-winning goal in the last six minutes of the game.

“That was a tough game, but Joe saved us at the last six minutes,” said Valentine Reyes-Rodriguez, an Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminarian who plays striker.

Not only did this win allow the Cardinals’ winning streak to continue, but it also marked the first time since 2001 that the Cardinals have won three consecutive games.

This is not the only improvement the cardinals made this season regarding their record.  Their 2-0 victory on Oct. 23 ended a 26-year winless streak against the Macalester College Scots.  Sophomore Matt Graber scored both goals for the cardinals.

The Cardinals currently have a 4-5-0 record for conference play and 7-9-1 overall.  They conclude their regular-season games on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Minneapolis against Augsburg.

B.T.’s Corner: The never-ending question

By Brian L. Thomas
Cardinal Staff

One of the hardest questions that college students ask themselves is: “What am I going to do with my life?”

As if life is one huge problem and all we have to do is figure out the formula! Unless you have access to a crystal ball, planning the rest of your life is practically impossible.

The good thing is that we don’t have to right now; figuring out the rest of your life is not what college is for. The purpose of college is to give you the best opportunity in the career of your choice.

As students, we struggle to make a life decision rather than a career decision. Life can still throw us some major curve balls no matter how much time we spend, how hard we try or how carefully we plan. The best thing we can do to ensure our future is a success is take care of our current and most valuable gift: the present.